Two electrical cooperatives asked the Colorado PUC this week to referee their disputes with Tri-State, reflecting growing tensions about the shift from carbon to renewables by wholesale supplier.
Four candidates vied for one position on the Holy Cross Energy board of directors this year. This and other contested director positions reflect the growing interest in the energy transition in rural Colorado.
Holy Cross Energy has offered incentives for homeowners in the Aspen-Vail-Glenwood Springs area to install EV chargers at homes. It’s the first step in the rethinking of the grid, with evs potentially playing a role in storage of renewable energy.
Two Colroado investors have put $130 million into Guzman Energy, which has made renewable energy central to its bid to become an energy supplier for electrical co-ops and municipal providers in the Rocky Mountains and beyond.
In the 1990s, when Aspen Electric began investing in renewable energy, others were skeptical. It’s been at 100 percent renewables for several years, and now the costs are dropping. Residential electric rates in Aspen are already among the lowest in Colorado.
Tri-State Generation & Transmission boasts of having the most solar generation of any G&T in the United States. But whether it’s shifting to renewables adn allow enough local generation has become a central issue with several of the 43 member cooperatives.
California’s Tahoe Basin has lots of dead wood. Why can’t it be burned to generate electricity? A biomass plant proposed near Squaw Valley stumbles yet again. Meanwhile, a goal for 100 percent renewables for Squaw Valley and maybe a microgrid, too.